Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima

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For a sobering reminder of the horrors of nuclear warfare, visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. One of the museum's two wings details the history of Hiroshima, the development of and decision to use the bomb, and the following discussions surrounding nuclear warfare and disarmament. The other wing goes into detail about the devastating damage and longer-term effects of the bomb. Don't miss the A-Bomb dome on site, one of the few buildings in the area that has been left in the same condition since the day of the bombing. Plan to see Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Hiroshima itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    My husband and I took the Shinkansen from Osaka to Hiroshima (90 minutes) and arrived early to try and beat the crowds. There's a loop bus that can be caught under Hiroshima station, and is free for t...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    A bit like when we visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City this experience can't be classified as an enjoyable day out but should not be missed. We took the audio tour, which was not required as it...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Who is hoping to see works of art in this Museum, better to stay outside. However it breathes history in this place. It is a must in Hiroshima and will be even more when they finish the reform.
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  • April 29, 2017
    Saying I "loved it" would be far from the truth. But make no mistake, this is one of the most moving places I've ever been to. Seeing the horrors that this city has gone through is an astonishing experience. But it's seeing their commitment to making sure that it never happens again that makes it particularly heart wrenching. Easily one of the most important museums you could ever visit.
  • July 8, 2017
    A much needed reminder for the world about the perils of war. The park is a peaceful and tranquil place and instead of just highlighting the horrors of the nuclear bomb, it reminds people of what is at stake. May the souls of the innocent who perished due to the war rest in peace.
  • July 4, 2017
    If you are in Hiroshima and want to experience something other than the A-Dome, this is the place to go. Very informative about what has happened here in Hiroshima. And with a learning message to take home.
  • June 29, 2017
    MUST GO to this museum if you are in Hiroshima. Tells you the history from the Japanese point of view. From the US developing their nuclear programme, to the lead-up of the bombings in WW2, to the damage of the bombs, to the restoration process including recorded personal accounts with English translations everywhere. Only JPY200 per adult. Expect it to be very crowded. Hopefully the main building will be open soon and there will be more space.
  • July 6, 2017
    This place still bring back memories even after 9 years. I find Japanese culture to be beautiful and forgiving. If you are in the area, it is worth the visit.

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The majority of places to stay in Hiroshima concentrate in the areas surrounding the train station, the memorial museum and park, and a couple of main boulevards. Here you can find basic, comfortable, and clean hostels, dozens of mid-range business hotels, and a couple of pricier four- and five-star international chains, all of which offer easy access to any of the sights in this compact city. For an adventurous and very affordable overnight stay in Hiroshima, you can even sleep in private pods attached to the train station's south side.
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